Querer" by singer/songwriter Ana Pozas is released on
DRO. Her music is pop rock with American influences by artists
Michelle Branch, Liz Phair and Lisa Loeb.
heard Ana's original demos and fell in love with her songwriting,"
says two-time Grammy winner Rafa
Sardina (Sheryl Crow, Alejandro Sanz, Luis Miguel) who
produced, mixed and engineered the album in Los Angeles.
and international musicians like Michael Landau, Ricardo Urbina,
Fran Iturbe, Guere and Rafael Padilla were brought in to put
their magic touch on the record. Sardina recorded and mixed
the record at his home studio, After Hours and at Watersound
Studios in Studio City.
The fist single "De La Mano Del Deseo" is already
getting a nice rotation on Spain's two top Radio Stations
(40 Principales and Cadena 100). Another track, "Si Es
Por Tí" features a duo with Ana and the new Latin
pop sensation, Alex Ubago.
Critically acclaimed L.A. indie rock band Hypnogaja unleashed
their new sound with the release of the EP "Kill Switch"
on Access Denied Recordings. The 7-song EP of all-new material
is available at the Virgin Megastore, Tower Records and Amoeba
Music, and online at Amazon.com, CDBaby.com, and the iTunes
Music Store. It is also scheduled for service to college radio
in the fall.
"Kill Switch" marks Hypnogajas evolution into
a guitar-driven sextet, balancing haunting melodies on a hard
edge for a sound that is at once enchanting and explosive.
Founding members ShyBoy on lead vocals and Nubar on keyboards
are joined by Jeeve on lead guitar, Tim Groeschel on rhythm
guitar, Daniel Wills on bass, and Bill Brennenstuhl on drums.
Hypnogaja has been widely embraced by Hollywood film and television.
The song "American Boy" is featured in Touchstone
Pictures release "Cold Creek Manor," starring Sharon
Stone and Dennis Quaid and directed by Mike Figgis. The placement
is the latest in a list that also includes the television
shows "Sex and the City," "Roswell," and
MTVs "Tough Enough." In addition, the bands
logo has cropped up in movies and television, including the
hit Showtime series "Dead Like Me."
Alongside the U.S. version of Hypnogajas "Kill
Switch" is a European version, a full-length CD titled
"Bridge To Nowhere," slated for a fall release by
Sony Music. The band plans to support the album with an overseas
tour in early 2004.
Hypnogaja will back "Kill Switch" with several L.A.
dates, including the Knitting Factory and Viper Room, and
is scheduled to add Los Angeles area in-store performances.
For updates, visit Hypnogaja.com.
The brand new album from the creators of the classic "Moon
Safari" available as limited edition cd + bonus DVD AVAILABLE
AS featuring a 35 minute film
of Air in concert with behind the scenes footage. Includes
live versions of classic Air songs such as: "La Femme
d'Argent" and Talisman"
think of our music as medecine," says the duo. The band
will support the album with April/May
their impressive 5-year career and following a sold out tour
of the U.S., their first ever broadcast TV appearance and
the darkly fascinating new album 10,000 Hz. Legend,
Air (JB Dunckel and Nicolas Godin), began to consider their
next musical adventure.
produced 2000s acclaimed score for Sofia Coppolas
debut movie The Virgin Suicides, the band earned the
reputation as a modern day Pink Floyd (or as some called them
Punk Floyd), able to capture the imagination of
music lovers of all persuasions, and destined to catch the
attention of key figures in the world of film and literature.
Steel pan virtuoso Andy Narell's new release, The Passage
is a showcase for the 30-piece steelband Calypsociation and
three of the greatest soloists in jazz -- Michael Brecker,
Paquito D'Rivera and Hugh Masekela.
began in 2001 when Narell travelled to Paris and discovered
Calypsociation. He recalls, "I could hear after two minutes
that I wanted to work with this band." The fit between
Narell and Calypsociation was so tight that the band commissioned
him to direct, compose and arrange two ten-minute pieces for
the second European Steelband Festival in 2002 --
a collaboration that's documented on this CD.
info, please check out Heads
Up e-presentation, which includes press release, bio and
like all of Narell's music, is informed by a lifetime of experience
in jazz, world music and the recording studio. The new CD
was recorded on a Roland 2480 hard disk system.
Artist Spotlight: These four songs from Leiana's
debut solo Ep confront the demons that lurk inside her with
metallic crunch, neo-rock psychedelia and sharp lyrical images.
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Liquid launch in Los Angeles
The great and
the good of the LA music and post scene gathered at the world famous
Recorder Studios in Santa Monica for the American premiere of
Focusrite's new Liquid Channel. VIP guests and studioexpresso friends
included: Dexter Simmons, Dave Rideau, Jeff
C Ross, Rafa
Sardina, Jim Mitchell, Jeff
Poe, Dave Reitzas, Ralph Sutton, Barry
Rudolph and Robert
The Liquid Channel
is a revolutionary professional channel strip that can precisely
replicate any classic mic- pre and compressor. Combining radical
new analogue pre-amp technology with Dynamic Convolution? techniques.
The Liquid Channel fuses cutting-edge analogue design with lightning
fast SHARC DSP. Augmented by fully digital controls and optional
remote software, The Liquid Channel provides the ultimate fluid
Simon Blackwood and Sales Director Chris Gooddie flew in specially
for the event, hosted by US Sales Manager Dino Virella and the team
from Digidesign, Focusrite's US distributor.
During the evening
more than two hundred folks saw The Liquid Channel put though its
paces in Studio 2's Neve 88R equipped control-room, with live female
vocals using a Blue Microphones Bottle microphone in the main isolation
The full range
of The Liquid Channel's forty mic-pre and compressor replicas were
auditioned with the presentation managed remotely via the OS X version
of the brand new LiquidControl software, shown during the evening
for the first time. LiquidControl will be available free at ffliquid.com
when the product ships. You may download a demo version for Mac
OS X - 1 MB from the site.
acquired the assets of Bomb Factory Digital, Inc. (a manufacturer
of real-time audio DSP effects for the Digidesign Pro Tools®
platform) and welcomed Rich Nevens (formerly of Euphonix) as Director
of Worldwide Console Sales. Rich is based in Los Angeles, California
and will oversee the sales for Digidesigns mixing solutions.
In addition, he will contribute to marketing & development for
the product line.
VIVE MIDEM 2004!
Uniting more participants and companies in an optimistic market
Palais des Festivals
in Cannes bustled with numerous deals, product and service launches
and live music. Despite the music industrys current difficulties,
the 38th edition of Midem
earlier this year (January 25 29) brought together 2.2% more
participants (8811) and 4.4% more companies (4176) than in 2003
from a total of 94 countries and attracted a wider range of delegates.
To achieve this success, Midem dropped participants rates by 40%
and froze exhibitors fees at 2003 rates. In addition to this, Midem
organisers set out to bring new music industry players to Cannes
who included newcomers from the sectors of online technology (Apple,
), mobile device and content companies (NTT
DoCoMo, Vodafone, Nokia
). Topics included: New revenue streams,
fresh business opportunities while giving music industry professionals
a better understanding of an imminent new era, when music will be
available anywhere, at any time.
With a jam-packed
calendar of high profile events, the five day market was a hive
of activity where professionals met up in an optimistic and constructive
atmosphere for business.
included the 5th edition of MidemNet : not only was the Technology
Forum sold out for the first time ever, but its first guest, interviewed
by MidemNet chairman Ted Cohen, was the man behind Apples
groundbreaking iTunes Music Store, Eddy Cue, also on the agenda
was their closest rival, Roxio, chairman, Chris Gorog and industry
leaders OD2s Charles Grimsdale and EMIs John Rose.
Countless prestigious events attracted a flock of world-class stars
to Cannes and included Madonna, Beyoncé, Britney Spears,
Kylie Minogue and Christina Aguilera for the 5th NRJ Music Awards.
Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Keziah Jones, Grandmaster Flash and the
new British number one artist Katie Melua were also in on the action
and leading rock band Placebo brought the house down with an exceptional
concert. Vive MIDEM!
April 24, 2004, Los Angeles Greek Theatre
Multi-Platinum-selling group System Of A Down will headline "SOULS,
2004," a very special benefit concert to be held in Los
Angeles on Saturday, April 24 at the Greek Theatre.
the sold out "SOULS 2004" will benefit organizations that
work to eradicate the atrocities of all genocides across the globe,
including the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) which
supports legislation in the U.S. Congress to recognize the Armenian
Genocide by the Ottoman Empire during World WarI. During the first
genocide of the 20th century, 1.5 million Armenians were annihilated
and hundreds of thousands deported from their ancient homeland.
April 24th was chosen as the date for the concert as this year,
it commemorates the 89th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
More than 100 organizations have endorsed the campaign to urge Congress
to pass the Genocide Resolution. The Vatican and the European Parliament,
as well as the French, Italian, Swiss, Russian, Belgian, and many
other governing bodies have officially recognized the Armenian Genocide.
"It's time for the United States to do the same. We are urging
Congress to pass House Resolution 193 and Senate Resolution 164,
measures that would reinforce America's commitment to prevent future
genocides and crimes against humanity," says SOAD's Serj Tankian.
Members of System of a Down -- Tankian/vocals; Daron Malakian/guitars;
bassist Shavo Odadjian, and drummer John Dolmayan -- are all of
Armenian descent, and have been very active in supporting this cause
for years. "SOULS 2004" is the most recent in the band's
ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide and
other global abuses of human rights.
"If not for my grandfather's memories, I would know nothing
of my family tree before his lifetime. Most of my family was obliterated
in the Armenian Genocide," says Tankian.
"So much of my family history was lost in the Armenian Genocide.
My grandfather, who was very young at the time, doesn't know his
true age. How many people can say they don't know how old they are?
But, this is not just about the Armenian Genocide. This is about
human rights abuse in all parts of the world," said
Arista lists Clive Davis As CDO
exec Clive Davis has been tapped back by its parent company, the
Bertelsmann Music Group, to be chairman and CDO of its North American
division of Arista.
Nearly four years ago, Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame, where he told reporters, "Don't worry about me,"
in reference to his impending departure from Arista Records, the
label he started and nurtured for a quarter century. Despite discovering
and signing talent like Janis Joplin, Whitney Houston and Patti
Smith -- while also resurrecting vets like Carlos Santana -- Davis,
67 at the time, fell victim to a mandatory retirement policy by
Bertelsmann, a German multi-media conglomerate, which replaced him
with younger brass, Antonio "L.A." Reid.
was poor. Despite launching the careers of Pink and Avril Lavigne,
and enjoying successful releases by Arista artists like OutKast,
the company -- like much of the industry -- hit the skids, losing
an estimated $100 million during Reid's short tenure, which ended
with his firing last month. Davis, meanwhile, had successfully launched
a new label, J Records, in October 2000, and less than a year later,
he showed that he still had an ear for new talent, as Alicia Keys'
Songs in A Minor gave his label its first Number One. J has since
had success with albums by Luther Vandross, Rod Stewart and members
of the American Idol franchise.
to J Records, Davis will again assume control of Arista as well
as RCA and Jive Records, all of which fall under the BMG umbrella.
(courtesy of Andrew Dansby,
for an Icon
Steve Morales at Icon Sound, Florida
producer/songwriter Steve Morales decided to build Icon Sound, a
new state-of-the-art studio, the console of choice was the Solid
State Logic XL 9000 K Series, the first in southeast Florida.
Working with top engineer Fabian Marasciullo on the project, their
combined discography literally reads like the Whos Who of
industry superstars with acts from Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera,
Enrique Iglesias and Britney Spears to Michael Jackson, J.LO and
Clay Aiken. The K Series offers Icon the sound quality, automation
flexibility and integrated surround mix capabilities worthy of the
top shelf acts that will frequent the facility.
Engineer Kevin Killen, Maryanne Marino, Producer Peter Zizzo and
Assistant Engineer Steve Rakidzioski
another mix heavy month at Cutting Room in New York (SSL 9080 J
Ultimation & Total Recall and Yamaha DM 2000 Digital Consoles)
that started out with Dead Prez mixing the track Hell Yeah
featuring Jay-Z. Dave Dar engineered the sessions with Marco Bruno
(Lava Records) returned to Studio A this month to finish mixing
her debut record for summer release with engineer Kevin Killen (U2,
Elvis Costello) and producer Peter Zizzo.
time in Studio A were hip hop stars Mos Def and Talib Kweli as well
as renowned Venezuelan Producer Andres Levin (Chaka Khan and Tina
Turner, Gladys Night).
continued their lockdown of Studio B, finishing up tracks for their
new record due out later this year.
continued work in Studio B with various artists as part of our Artist
Development program, Context
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With the premium
placed on the availability of high-profile studio space and time
of producers, engineers and musicians, Angel
Mountain Production & Sound, located in Bethlehem, PA, decided
to install Studio
Network Solutions A/V SAN PRO in their new facility to ensure
the reliability of the studio's hard drive system.
completed at Angel Mountain using the A/V SAN include 5.1 remixes
of Marvin Gaye's "Lets Get It On," Ludacris' "Chicken
and Beer", as well as The Allman Brothers' "Eat a Peach"
and "Live at the Fillmore East." The next project, which
is set to begin shortly, is Bob Marley's "Burnin'."
a multi-room facility, the reason the A/V SAN PRO makes so much
sense for us is that we can effortlessly cut a really large project
over a number of rooms," continues Cadden-James. "We can
have the same project migrating throughout our different rooms with
none of the asset management headaches that are normally associated
with a large project," says Angel
Mountain's director of engineering Carl Cadden-James.
L-R: Earl Ghaffari, music editor; Frank Wolf, scoring mixer; Alan
Menken; Pat Sullivan, mastering engineer; and Andrew Page, Disney
manager of music production.
Photo by David Goggin
Composer Alan Menken mastered the "Home on the Range"
soundtrack album for Walt Disney Feature Animation at Bernie Grundman
Mastering. The film debuts in April with the voices of Roseanne
Barr, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and the singers Tim McGraw, Bonnie Raitt,
and k.d. Lang.
at NAB -- April 17-22
AMS Neve debuts
DFC Gemini and AudioFile SC/X technology -- At the 2004
NAB, AMS Neve will be showing the ultimate in Digital Mixing of
sound for picture with DFC Gemini, further widening the lead of
"the world's best console". Booth N1612
New web site and facility in San Francisco
and Magnolia Rooms at PSM
Mastering has recently moved and expanded. According to Janice Lee,
the studio manager, here's why: "First, we wanted to offer
all of our music clients mastering studios that are really dialed
in, Second, we wanted to offer our clients all-purpose-built surround
rooms to do the best possible work for the new surround-capable
music formats (see the SACD and DVD sections of the site). Third,
and perhaps surprisingly, in light of the music industry's well
publicized struggles, we have been feeling an increased vitality
in the grass-roots music scene, especially here in Northern California.
For all these reasons we felt that a new facility was the best way
to be ready for the coming changes," says Lee.
rooms came together with the help of designer Nancy
Irish and Bob
Hodas Acoustic Analysis.
Paul began his
mastering career in San Francisco in 1973. For eleven years he worked
at a recording and mastering facility on Folsom Street which, originally
owned by CBS, was later bought by David Rubinson and became known
as The Automatt. During the CBS period, in addition to the CBS catalog,
the studio also brought in outside work from the Record Plant and
Wally Heider's including records by The Grateful Dead, The New Riders
of the Purple Sage, Sly Stone, Santana, Joan Baez, Bill Evans, Tony
Bennett and Jane Fonda's phenomenally successful workout record
engineered by Leslie Ann Jones.
This is also
where the mastering was done for the US releases of Rough Trade
and Factory Records including Joy Division, and New Order. During
this period, records mastered at the Automatt were on the charts
continuously. Paul then went on to become chief engineer at Rocket
Lab, also in San Francisco, where he worked until starting his own
company, Paul Stubblebine Mastering, in 1997.
recent mastering work includes: Two CDs for Acoustic Disc: Sam Bush/David
Grisman album titled "Hold On We're Strummin" and Riders
In the Sky: "Silver Jubilee," a double CD celebrating
the 25th anniversary of the band. Holly Near & Cris Williamson's
first full record together in a 25 year musical friendship, released
on Calico Tracks. The Mountain Goats (produced by John Vanderslice
for 4AD); Prokofiev's Ivan The Terrible for Mobile Fidelity (surround
SACD recording of the St.Louis Symphony). Albums for Super Diamond,
Steve Bahcall, The Kissers and Davey Pattison (produced by John
Rewind; released on Rear Window Music). Also, artist Tim Janis's
"Beautiful America" music accompanying a PBS television
special on National Parks.
her studio career in 1980 at the legendary Automatt Studios in San
Francisco. In 1985, she became Studio Manager of Tarpan Studios
(owned and operated by Grammy award-winning producer Narada Michael
Walden), and served as Production Coordinator for all projects produced
by Walden through 1998. Following Tarpan Studios, Janice continued
managing and consulting with facilities and production companies
in the Bay Area before joining Paul Stubblebine Mastering in 2002.
For more info
or to book a session with Paul, Michael
Romanowski or John
Greenham mastering engineers e-mail
or call Janice Lee at 415.522.0108 or visit the new web
Burger addresses AES Guests in Atlanta
owner of the world-renowned acoustical and architectural design
Berger Design Group (RBDG), recently paid a visit to the Atlanta
chapter of the AES to deliver a lecture on a key issue for studio
owners. Forty-two audio professionals packed into Studio 9000 at
PatchWerk Recordings, an RBDG-designed facility in Atlanta, to hear
Berger address the topic Surround Challenges in Acoustically
Small Spaces, or (fortunately) No One Ever Dies From Bad Sound.
Well, depends on who you talk to!
Duets With A Cast of Music Legends
Concord Jazz Fall Release
After a year in
the making, legendary pianist and composer Ray Charles will release
his first, new recording since 2001 on Concord Records this fall.
Mr. Charles has teamed with the likes of BB King, Norah Jones, James
Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, and Willie Nelson for what is sure to be an
unforgettable duets record. During a career that spans nearly six
decades, Mr. Charles has appeared on over 250 recordings, many of
them top-sellers, across a variety of genres. And, while he has performed
with various artists in the past, this Concord Records release will
be his first full album of duets.
In Stores August
31, the Concord
Records CD Features Norah Jones, BB King, Michael McDonald,
Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor and more...
A Blink Break
Travis Barker injured his right foot on March 12th while on tour
Australia -- an injury that resulted in the cancellation of the
remainder of the tour. With the band in the midst of a world tour
promoting their new untitled Geffen album, and preparing to play
that night in Adelaide, Australia, Travis fell. After seeking medical
attention, doctors put a cast on his foot. Travis then reversed
his drum kit and played the show that night, however, the band was
forced to return home.
"I am seriously bummed that we couldn't play for our fans in
Australia, Japan and Hawaii. It was just a freak accident. But it'll
heal and we'll be back." To that end, Travis will be meeting
with specialists today. Blink-182's untitled platinum-certified
album shipped last November, and features the singles "Feeling
This" and "I Miss You." With their latest CD on target
to be another multi-million-selling smash, the band kicks off their
solo headline U.S. tour in late April. Their co- headlining tour
with No Doubt begins in Indianapolis on June 1, and wraps up in
San Bernardino at the Hyundai Pavilion June 26.
Dido off No. 1
topper Katie Melua
pop tip for 2004 is not an ex-soap star, but a shy 19-year-old from
Devon with an album of old soul and R&B covers, her songs and
a voice thats more Mavis Staples than Britney Spears. Katie
Melua's debut Call Off The Search went platinum (shipments of
300,000 copies for UK) last month after its release on November
7, reaching the top spot. She knocked Dido off number one in the
album charts. "Life for Rent" (Cheeky/Arista) lost its
crown to Katie Melua's "Call off the Search" (Dramatico).
her GSCEs at Nonsuch High School for Girls in Cheam, comes 18 months
after she was discovered at the Brit School in Croydon by the man
behind the Wombles song, Mike Batt. He heard her perform and signed
her up for a five-album recording deal. Watch out Britney!
The coffee retailing
giant will begin selling digital music downloads on CDs to customers
at 10 of its stores in Seattle later this spring and to 2,500 of
about 5,400 U.S. stores in the next couple years.
is betting the service, which debuts Tuesday at its revamped Hear
Music Coffeehouse in Santa Monica, will draw interest from music
fans among its legion of coffee-bean loving devotees. The Hear Music
Coffeehouse, one of four combined coffee and music stores run by
the chain, will have 70 stations for customers ordering music.
self-service experience ... that marries well with the time it takes
to get your latte," said Don MacKinnon, Starbucks Corp.'s vice
president of music and entertainment.
be able to walk up to a counter and use a flat, touch-screen computer
display to browse through a collection of about 150,000 tracks.
They will be charged $6.99 for the first five songs and $1 for every
individual track after that. Included in the price: a labeled CD
and jewel case.
popular online digital music services like Napster 2.0, MusicNet
or the iTunes Music Store offer between 300,000 and a half-million
tracks, which sell for 99 cents each or $10 for a full album.
to give all customers, even those without access to computers, instant
access to the music, MacKinnon said.
Virgin Megastores recently announced plans to launch a similar service
that would offer song downloads burned onto CDs or transferred directly
to portable music players.
Draws A Crowd
Music Makers and Attendees- March 17-21 · Austin Convention
managing director of SXSW, is projecting that 7,000 (800 more than
last year) people made the trek to Austin this year to hear, watch
and mix. Opening SXSW party at Frog Design ( clients includes Macintosh,
Disney, GE, and Microsoft) featured gambling, music, video games,
and bon-bon girls! The true creator, the architect, the originator
of rock and roll, Little Richard delivered keynote and was the headline
performer along with Kris Kristofferson. New artists....Los Angeles
Night Radio (LA) and Anberlin
(Orlando, FL), Bettie
Serveert (Holland) -- Last album, [Log 22], in March 2003, got
great reviews in [Mojo], [Rolling Stone] and other publications.
Said the [Washington Post], One of the finest rock records
of the new decade. Hip Hop Alias,
Bird, singer/songwriter, and Electronic-pop-rock fusion trio
with a futuristic edge, [a.i.
Artificial Intelligence] were among performers. They released self-titled
album,, in August 2002 on Dreamworks Records. Wrote score for independent
movie, [Below The Belt]. Currently unsigned and working on new material.
to music showcases here!
Night Radio, Berkley Heart
Surround Zone Software Plugs Into Nuendo
Once the SoundField
B-Format is in the Nuendo environment the plug-in enables the user,
either live or in post-production, to generate various surround
mic-arrays with variable polar patterns. Specifically the Surround
Zone provides a choice of three separate 5.1 arrays, individual
6.1 and 7.1 arrays, independently variable width of both the front
and rear pairs, phase coherent LFE and individual level controls
with Mute and Solo all with bargraph metering. The software also
provides additional control over the sound such as: Rotate - 360
degree horizontal rotation; Tilt - adjust the microphone pick-up
angle by plus or minus 45 degrees in the vertical plane; and Zoom
- zoom in on sound sources. The Surround Zone can output mono, stereo,
M/S, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1 or any future surround format.
states, "The arrival of the Surround Zone software enables
us to offer a complete surround recording package. Our microphones
capture the realism at the front end and the software provides all
the necessary post-production tools for the final surround delivery
Of DARP Family
Sheppard, chief engineer at DARP Studios with producer Dallas Austin
and racks of Lucid gear.
has been with producer Dallas Austin and DARP
Productions for 16 years now as chief engineer and programmer.
He had met Austin in 1987 while working with Peabo Bryson. Sheppard
and Austin's first big success came with Boys To Men and later with
the youngsters of Another Bad Creation a.k.a. ABC that eventually
led to work with TLC. Austin and Sheppard have since done records
with Madonna, Michael Jackson, Kelis and Pink on Arista, Anastacia
on Epic Records, and currently they are now working on a solo project
for Gwen Stefani of No Doubt on Interscope, the Latina sensation
Shakira, and a new album with Janet Jackson (who performed one of
the album's songs at the 2004 Super Bowl). "We've been really
fortunate since the Boys To Men project to just be able to keep
on working constantly with great artists. Being together so long,
Austin and I are like brothers. Most of the people around us have
been with us for years so we're all family," says Sheppard.
Dallas built the two million-dollar studio complex at DARP housing
two SSL rooms, a Sony Oxford room and various writing suites. "Jim
Latimer was instrumental in our research of A/D/D/A converters for
the Oxford room. We did tests and listened to a lot of boxes and
our final choice was the Lucids," comments Sheppard. DARP has
two Lucid SSG192 Studio Sync Generators, two AESx4 AES/EBU Distribution
Amps, three CLKx6 Audio Clock Distribution Amps, six ADA 8824 eight-channel
A/D/D/A units, a pair of SRC9624 Sample Rate Converters, and a few
DA 9624 and AD 9624s stereo D/A and A/D converters. "We also
discovered the GENx6 Word/Super Clock definitely improved the sound
of things so we included one of those in our Lucid rack. This was
a Jim Latimer suggestion as well," Sheppard says.
Media Frenzy or Grey Forces against copyright laws?
This has to be the branding music event of the year! Most of us
have heard the story.
aka Danger Mouse electronically blended tracks from the Beatles'
"White Album" and vocals from Jay-Z's "The Black
Album" into a CD called "The Grey Album."
hip-hop,'' said Jeff Antebi of Waxploitation, Danger Mouse's management
company, ''it's traditional for an artist or D.J. or producer to
drop his work to the street for other hip-hop aficionados to check
out.'' The 26-year-old Los Angeles-based D.J/producer put out his
first CD last year and started as an experiment, then as a kind
of small-scale publicity stunt. And thanks to legal fracas at EMI
(Beatles record label) and the internet, it must be the most-heard
''underground'' record ever! EMI's stance only stirred things up
more, as a music-activism Web site called Downhill
Battle organized some 170 sites to make the tracks available
on the last Tuesday in February dubbed ''Grey Tuesday.'' Blogs touted
the event.What's different this time is how many people actually
heard it - 100,000 copies were downloaded, according to Downhill!
industry comments. You be the judge!
"I would always give the artist the chance to present to me
what he wishes to do. I would not give permission if I felt the
work to be morally or politically repugnant. I would expect to be
compensated for the work used. Outside of that, I'm fairly easygoing,
as long as there's some kind of communication between the artist
and myself. I think that is the important part."
see why that's so different than the Beatles listening to a Chuck
Berry song or trying to copy a certain vibe of someone else's sound
and put it through their filter to create their new sound."
Asked on how
he would feel if someone mixed Offspring hit album "Smash"
with, say, Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde, the Huntington Beach-based
"Honestly, I'd be flattered. I would think that would be a
good thing. That's a tough line, like exactly how can you control
your music in all ways and all respects? Of course, if someone sold
that re-mix, that would be a different story,. But in terms of just
having it, putting it up for people to listen to, I think that's
totally fine." --Dexter Holland, the lead singer of
where to download Nelly's
"Work It" with the AC/DC sample? Sure,
Lists With Sarah's Harem
Plus New Drum Mic an Dealer Opportunities
Classical-crossover singer Sarah
Brightman has a busy year ahead, as she takes her ambitious
Middle Eastern-themed "Harem World Tour" to North America,
Russia, Europe over the next few months before continuing on to
Asia and Australia. To accommodate several of her flying sequences
used in the arena-sized stage show, which features two stages linked
by a catwalk, Brightman has adopted Sennheiser and Neumann wireless
microphone systems and, for the first time ever, is traveling with
a wireless monitor system also from Sennheiser
(with a newly launched web site).
Brightman's front-of-house engineer for nearly nine years, has been
impressed with the improved sound quality afforded by the change
of microphones. "She's using the Sennheiser SKM 5000 with the
Neumann KK 105-S capsule, which is wonderful," he reports.
"It is an exceptional sounding microphone."
Sennheiser introduced the new Evolution e614 (MSRP: $399) drum overhead
condenser microphone. This 600 Series mic addition further expands
Sennheiser's impressive fleet of instrument mics while retaining
the evolution line's exceptional value and excellent sonics (40Hz-20kHz).
seeking qualified dealers to sell their DirectEarSAS Soundfield
Amplification System for classroom amplification. The unique product
uses the same reliable, award-winning, wireless technology that
has become a staple on Broadway and television over the past 50
years. The Sennheiser SoundField system ensures that every student
in the classroom or lecture hall hears the teacher's every word
regardless of where they are seated.
Launches 441 Records
Harvey J. Rosen,
President/COO and Kirk Imamura, Chairman/CEO have announced the
formation of 441
Rcords. Housed within renowned Avatar
Recording Studios in New York City, 441 RECORDS promises to
establish a solid foothold in the music industry by releasing top
quality recordings of superior jazz, blues, R&B, dance and electronica
music. "Our artists are real musicians playing real music,"
Rosen who takes
the reins of leadership for the new label explains: "For years,
Avatar's management was astonished that dozens of great world-renowned
jazz artists recorded at Avatar Studios were never made available
for sale in the U.S. However, they did well in foreign markets.
That said, 441 Records' initial mission is to market in the U.S.
much of the aforementioned jazz music recorded or mixed at Avatar.
The first releases
for the label are: Urban Grooves by heralded "post-Bop"
jazz drummer Joe Chambers and his trio; Waltz For Debbie by critically
acclaimed pianist Don Friedman and his Trio; Itacuruca by Brazilian
jazz/AC vocalist Pamela Driggs; Rio de Janeiro Underground by Drigg's
husband Romero Lubambo, himself a celebrated Brazilian jazz musician;
Once I Love by the Ronnie Mathews Trio; Michel Sardaby in New York
by jazz musician Michel Sardaby; and Live at the Village Vanguard
by famed jazz group the David Murray Quartet. Now shipping are releases
by former Tonight Show band drummer Grady Tate, internationally
heralded jazz vocalist Marlena Shaw, a two-CD package Blues Is Black
featuring some of the greatest blues songs performed by the original
artists; and electronica CDs by groups such as Snocone, and Proteen.
Furthermore, 441 will shortly announce the first artist signing
to the label, with a CD release slated for October.
"441 Records is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards
of quality in all aspects of the music business, including craft
of artists and musicians, excellence of recording, fine artistic
album graphics, full national retail coverage, professional principles
of selling records, and ethics of business conduct. We hope music
lovers everywhere will enjoy the music on 441 Records, packaged
with such loving care."
Over 400 Gold
and Platinum albums have been recorded in the Avatar Studios building,
formerly known as The Power Station. February was a busy month with
artists...Norah Jones, Alanis Morissette, Maroon 5, Fefe Dobson,
Queen Latifah, to name a few.
They are located at 441 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019 (212-765-7500).
New postal stamp and cd release saluting composer Mancini
Henry Mancini is honoured on a commemorative stamp issued by the
U.S. Postal Service this week. The stamp was painted by artist Victor
Stabin and shows Mancini conducting one of his many scores.
been a huge influence on music over the years. He composed classics
like Moon River, music for Peter Gunn, and the music for the Pink
born April 16, 1924, in Cleveland and was taught by his father to
play the piccolo. He attended New York's Juilliard School of Music
on a scholarship. At 18, Mancini was drafted into the Army Air Corps
and assigned to a military band. After the war he became pianist
for the Glenn Miller Orchestra and later moved to California where
he began composing for film and television.
THE YEAR OF MANCINI, Concord Records releases a CD entitled Ultimate
Mancini. produced by Gregg Field. The album features Monica
Mancini and special guest artists performing the greatest hits of
the truly legendary composer. Hear many of the musicians who appeared
on the original recordings plus Stevie Wonder on harmonica for "Moon
River" with Take Six singing the vocals. The album will be
available for distribution on the Mancini at the Movies
tour starring Monica Mancini in January 2004, and will be in general
release this month.
Science and art share a common mandateto find surprise
in the ordinary by seeing it from an unexpected point of view.
--Howard Bloom, author/publicist